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A cockpit or flight deck is the area, usually near the front of an aircraft, from which a pilot controls the aircraft.

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What is this in the primary flight Display?

What is this in the primary flight Display ?
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Why do airliners still have a switch for the non-smoking sign?

I've wondered why airliners have a switch in the cockpit to turn off the non-smoking sign. Why isn't it illuminated all the time, or a better question: Why is it still there, now that everybody should ...
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What is the backup for a glass cockpit, if a plane loses power to the displays/controls?

I'm assuming there is still power to the rest of the plane - maybe it's an unrealistic scenario.
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Which light aircraft are known to have a quiet cockpit?

Are some light aircraft known as being significantly quieter in the cockpit than others ? How quiet might the quietest light aircraft be from the inside ? At least ten years ago I was reading an ...
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Cockpit vs Flight Deck?

Is there a distinction between a cockpit and a flight deck on an aircraft, or are the terms interchangeable? Boeing refers to the flight deck The new Flight-Deck Displays and Airbus refers to the ...
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Are there little seat belts or other restraints for the organ-containing coolers kept in cockpits?

The NPR podcast A Surgeon Reflects On Death, Life And The 'Incredible Gift' Of Organ Transplant features Dr. Joshua Mezrich a surgeon who flies to other hospitals to retrieve organs for transplant ...
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What is the crank on the ceiling of this aircraft?

What is the crank the pilot is operating above his head? Also what type of aircraft is this? image source
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Is there a clear or particular pattern in the mistake-making that leads to a landing at the wrong airport?

I'm interested in how decisions and mistakes are made in the cockpit. According to a brief news report about a recent landing at the wrong airport (see also the Aviation Herald report): Landings at ...
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What exactly does the MB-326's 'relight' button do?

The following picture shows the engine throttle of an Aermacchi MB-326, which is powered by the Rolls-Royce Viper turbojet: (source - all photos © Drive&Fly Model Club) I wonder what exactly the ...
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How is the cockpit rear view of an Airbus A340?

Before anything I know this can be sound something stupid and obvious, but I swear I lost 3 or 4 hours searching images and videos before posting this question. So please be mercy with my poor ...
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What are the pros and cons of having a side-stick versus a centered control stick in a fighter aircraft?

The Eurofighter Typhoon features a centered control stick: While for example in the F-16 the stick is on the right side panel: I find the latter configuration much more natural/ergonomical. ...
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What connector standard is used for aviation headsets?

The typical aviation headset features two cords with connectors that at first glance are identical. One is a standard 1/4" (0.25 inch) stereo audio jack. What kind of connector is the slightly ...
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Why are W, S, N, E highlighted on a flight management computer?

Why are W, S, N, E highlighted on a flight management computer (FMC)? My assumption that they represent West, South, North, and East. Here is a Boeing FMC: And here is one from Airbus:
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Is it plausible to forget the cockpit unlocking code?

Is it plausible for a pilot inside the cockpit to be incapacitated and that at the same time the pilot locked outside simply doesn't remember the code or the procedure for entering the cockpit?
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What is this clock-like device?

Whenever I watch cockpit footage of test flights there is always an added device with big clock-like digits centered above the glareshield. They come in different shapes as shown below. What are they ...
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Are Aircraft yokes self centering in non-auto pilot mode?

In a typical car steering wheel if you release it while the car is in motion, it will return to its center, neutral position. What's the corresponding situation in an airplane? Is a yoke self ...
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Can diplomats be allowed on the flight deck of a commercial European airline?

If a diplomat were to request access to the flight deck with proper identification, would he/she be allowed to visit the cockpit of a commercial airliner during flight?
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What is this button (pressed during approach) on the Airbus A320?

I was watching a YouTube video of a cobalt air a320 landing and I seen as he was about 2000 ft AGL he pressed a button on his right hand side just beside the Navigation display. The button illuminated ...
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Why isn't there a single start button for all systems on aircraft?

Why is it that airliners and aircraft do not have a single start button for all systems? On TV etc., I noticed that pilots pressing buttons above and below forward and sideways, mostly above though, ...
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What is the use of this object in the cockpit of a Bombardier Dash 8 Q400?

What is the use of this object in the cockpit of a Bombardier Dash 8 Q400?
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What type of display is used for cockpit displays?

In "glass cockpit" aircraft, what type of display is used for the PFD/MFD system? Are they normal LCD screens, or are they "special" in some way (temperature tolerance, refresh rates, shatter ...
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Why would a pilot's armrest be a no-go item?

From the end of issue #216 (June 1997) of Callback: Another First Officer also learned too late the importance of consulting the MEL before take-off. Inbound equipment arrived late. About ...
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Are the cockpit and crew rest area considered part of the cabin?

A few days ago, a travel blogger wrote about smoking on a China Eastern flight, and the smell of cigarettes came from either the cockpit or the crew rest area: So I’m not sure who is smoking, ...
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What policies, technologies, equipment, etc is used to mitigate liquid spills in the cockpit especially during turbulence?

While reading this stack exchange question about waterproofing cockpits, I wondered what common industry practices as well as personal practices are in place to mitigate spills and damage. Type of ...
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When does the overspeed alarm goes off in a plane?

I want to know when does the overspeed goes off in aircraft. How exactly is overspeed limit decided? Is it fixed for all the situations, or does it keeps changing? In a game that I play, (Infinite ...
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Does the pilot in command always sit on the left seat?

Are there any rules (i.e. airline-specific) or regulations (laws) that state that the pilot in command (PIC) must sit on the left seat in commercial airliners? This question specifically asks for ...
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Can you turn off the instrument panel lights?

Do general aviation aircraft generally allow the turning off of the instrument panel lights? By lights I am referring to any screens, bulbs or other devices which shine a light within the cockpit.
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How many warning signals are voiced in modern airliners?

Some warning signal in modern airliners are voiced, like TCAS warning and GPWS warning (PULL UP!). And how many warning signal are voiced in the modern airliners? Moreover, where is the sound ...
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When may pilots leave the flight deck during flight?

Are there regulations as to when commercial pilots may leave the flight deck during flight, i.e. due to physiological needs? Anytime when it is practical (obviously it would not be practical during ...
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Can a bullet hit make the cockpit door open?

If there is a hijack situation and the terrorist guy shoots at the cockpit door to go inside, will that work? Are the cockpit door locks in commercial planes like 737s etc good enough to handle a ...
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Why don't airliners have bigger cockpit windows?

A bigger cockpit window would increase the pilot's vision of a runway. So why can't they be bigger? Note that this question covers cabin window size already, but this question is about cockpit ...
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If commercial airliner cabin is depressurized, are pilots protected against it in any ways?

Basically, if the cabin in a large air liner is depressurized, are pilots protected in any way, specifically: Is the cockpit separately pressurized from the rest of the cabin? Can they keep ...
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How is the lighting panel of an Airbus A340 designed and how does it work?

I'm trying to simulate the light switch panel of an Airbus A340 with real electronics components for a model in scale (I'm doing the electronics lights with leds). Taking a look at this PDF (page 129)...
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Which fonts were used in old (1930s) aircraft cockpit displays and instruments?

This is probably more of a graphic design question than aviation but maybe a few hangar rats around here know the answer. What type fonts were used on the old instruments in aircraft from the 1930s ...
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Why are the character keys on the Flight Management Computer in alphabetical order?

Regardless of which aircraft type and manufacturer, the character keys on any Flight Management Computer are always in alphabetical order, see image: From a human factors view, this is sub-optimal, ...
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Should I open a door or window when there is smoke in the cockpit?

Let's say when flying, I encounter smoke and the smell of something burnt in the cockpit. Should I open the door or a window to clear the smoke? My thoughts: the smoke may be toxic; opening the door ...
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Does the A380 have more than one auto-brake disengage switch?

I know that the A380 has low/med/high RTO auto-brakes. What I'm not sure about is if there's a switch near the thrust levers that can disengage the auto-brakes, other than the switches located on the ...
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Why are the cockpit displays swapped between the captain's and first officer's sides?

This question focuses on Airbus, like the A320, but is not restricted to those aircraft as the situation seems to be the same for other aircraft. In front of the left seat, the navigation display is ...
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Why do some airplanes allow separate right and left rudder pedal adjustment?

Ideally, when a pilot adjusts the rudder pedals both pedals should move together, to have equal leg length for the left and right legs. Some aircraft like the Dornier 228 have rudder pedal ...
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Why does the canopy of the F-22 Raptor have a golden tinge? [duplicate]

Why is gold used in the canopy of the F-22 Raptor?
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What iPad for the cockpit? [closed]

I am planning to pass my PPL and I am trying to buy everything I can before starting the flight lessons to spread the expenses. Most of the private pilots I have met told me that an iPad is almost ...
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Does the cockpit have an alarm to warn about fuel leakage?

Is there any indication to the crew of the aircraft about any potential leakage of fuel from any part of the plane?
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What is the data size of Hilton Software's WingX Pro 7 app and all of its databases? [closed]

What is the data size of the WingX Pro 7 installation files and databases including the app itself and the VFR Sectional, IFR Low Enroute, IFR High Enroute, and the full "All Charts(IFR)" databases? ...
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Could the Grumman G-21 Goose be started by punching the instruments?

In the 1985 movie "Commando", John Matrix (played by Arnold Schwarzenegger) initiates engine ignition simply by punching the cockpit dials after several failed standard attempts. Could this ever ...
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What methods are used to perform head tracking in the cockpit?

In this question, I asked about a helmet with built-in HUD, and have a follow-up question: What methods are used (or have been used) to perform head-tracking in the cockpit? The website for that ...
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Why won't you allow someone into the cockpit while on ground?

Various regulatory authorities around the world have framed strict rules prohibiting entry of passengers into cockpit. It makes some sense to not allow anyone into the cockpit (learning from 9/11), ...
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Are there any cockpit indications when an engine has separated from the aircraft?

On this answer, there is a comment that asks if there is an alerting alarm of some sort when an engine falls off an airplane. Is there a direct alarm from the engines specifically saying "You lost an ...
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What is the significance of Slip-Skid Indicator in PFD?

Slip Skid Indicator as depicted in the picture below; What's the significance of Slip Skid Indicator? How Slip Skid Indicator is used in flying the aircraft? What are other performance/operations ...
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Where is the F-4 Phantom II's flap lever?

I'm trying to fly this fighter for the first time in X-Plane 11 but I can't seem to find the flap lever in the cockpit. Where is it on the real plane?
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What is the standard procedure in case of inconsistent sensor readings?

After reading the answers I now know there are three independent sensors. I will leave the question as-is, to not take the answers out of context: I do remember reading that airliners have two ...